Honesty

Song: "Jesus Loved the Little Children" (Children's Songbook, p. 59)

Scripture: D&C 51:9

Quote:

Those who are living the principle of honesty know that the Lord does bless them. Theirs is the precious right to hold their heads in the sunlight of truth, unashamed before any man. (Gordon B. Hinckley, We Believe in Being Honest," Ensign, Oct. 1990, 2)

Lesson:

Materials Needed: A tray of dampened dirt (a cookie sheet works well), a tin can, and water.

Preparation: Punch small holes in the bottom of the tin can.

Procedure:

Suggest that many people believe that small acts of dishonesty do not affect our overall integrity. Explain that integrity is like the dirt in the pan and that dishonesty is like the water. At this point pour the water into the can and let the water sprinkle onto the dirt. Explain that small acts of dishonesty build up and begin to erode integrity until major parts of integrity are washed or eroded away. Discuss what might be meant by "small acts of dishonesty"

(Beth Lefgren and Jennifer Jackson, More Power Tools for Teaching, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1991], p. 41.)

Activity:

Make a copy of the following puzzle for every member of your family. Find the secret message by writing the letters that correspond with the numbers

(1=A, 2=B, 26=Z, etc.)

15 8, 23 8 1 20 1 20 1 14 7 12 5 4 23 5 2 23 5 23 5 1 22 5, 23 8 5 14 6 9 18 19 20 23 5 16 18 1 3 20 9 3 5 20 15 4 5 3 5 9 22 5!

(Joanna Lewis and Brenda Luther, Gospel Fundamentals for Family Home Evening, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1994], p. 9.)

Refreshments

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8 ounces cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup butter

1 cup powdered sugar

2 1/4 cups flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 cup pecans, finely chopped

1 tsp. vanilla

Jam of your choice

Beat cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar in large mixing bowl at medium speed. Add flour and baking soda and mix well. Add chopped nuts and vanilla and chill for 30 minutes. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Indent centers and fill each with 1 teaspoon of your favorite jam. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool on wire rack. Use a variety of jams--the cookies will look beautiful on a serving plate.

(Hollee Eckman and Heather Higgins, All That Jam, [Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain, 2003] p. 73.)

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